An armed robber enters a store and threatens employees with a gun. One of them, carrying a lawful concealed handgun, shoots and kills him. No honest people are injured. One more predator removed from society; everyone is happy, right? Of course not. Not in American, circa 219. Law Enforcement Today reports:
Roosevelt Rappley entered the Dayton-area store, produced a firearm and starting demanding money. One of the store clerks was a concealed carry permit holder and was legally armed. Once the suspect pointed his weapon at this clerk, he drew his own weapon and fired, striking the subject in the chest.
Rappley returned fire, hitting no one, before stumbling outside and collapsing. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The clerk placed a 9-1-1 call.
‘He pointed a gun at me,’ the caller said. ‘I had a firearm on me. I pulled my firearm and I shot him in self-defense.’
According to police, witnesses confirmed that the assailant pointed his weapon at the clerk, prompting him to draw and fire, fearing for his life.
As the article notes, subsequent investigation proved the case was just that simple. The clerk was legitimately in fear of their life, and acted, lawfully, in self-defense. “Oh, but they were only defending the store’s property!” One might make that argument if they were merely shoplifting, which is also a crime pretty much everywhere but California, but once the thug pointed a gun at the employee, they were entirely justified in firing to stop the immediate threat to their life. This should have been the end of it, lesson learned: criminals accept the consequences of their actions; if things go badly for them, it’s no one’s fault but their own.
Shortly after the failed robbery attempt, two members of Rappley’s family spoke with reporters outside the store where he was shot and killed. Their thoughts: it is the fault of the clerk for being legally armed and acting in self-defense.
Rappley’s sister went on record as saying that even though her brother was wrong…it was all the clerk’s fault. Here is what she said:
‘He’s got some responsibility, but not all. [Right is] right and wrong is wrong. That was wrong for that clerk to shoot my brother in the chest. Yes, he’s robbing them. Call the police, that’s what you’re supposed to do. You’re not supposed to take matters into your own hands.’
Of course, one might not be alive to call the police after looking down the barrel of a gun. And when one is being threatened with imminent death, there’s not sufficient time to call the police, who will take many minutes, even hours, to respond.
According to the siblings, this is the second of ten siblings killed by gunfire. We don’t know under what circumstances the other died, but Roosevelt Rappley is responsible in this case.
Tragic, but unsurprising. The police added:
‘As far as the individual (employee), he was legally possessing a weapon and he was on private property at his place of employment,’ Hall said..
He added that a conceal carry permit isn’t required on private property.
Rappley does have prior history with police.
Dayton Police Lt. Jason Hall said that history involves pending weapons charges and possible involvement in other commercial robberies in the area, including the recent robbery of a Dollar General on Main Street.
It is a sad sign of our times, gentle readers, that anyone would think a thug like this could be in any way excused for putting the lives of others in danger in the commission of a felony. I’m only surprised Rappley’s siblings didn’t cry “race,” which may be due to the likelihood of the store employee forced to defend his life also being Black. I’ve not been able to find any information on the race of anyone involved; the media is generally loath to identify the race of criminals when they’re Black. Even during my police days, back in the 1400s, this kind of victim-blaming thinking was on the rise. It wasn’t so for an earlier generation. Criminals knew what they were doing was wrong, and didn’t expect anyone to excuse them. If they ended up beaten bloody or killed, they accepted that as part of the choice they made—thought they deserved it–and didn’t imagine anyone would buy it if they tried to blame their victims. Pulling that with the police would get them badly beaten. Pulling that sort of nonsense in court would do nothing but get them the maximum sentence.
Now, even Republicans are passing laws to spring criminals from jail, and Democrats are passing laws to legalize crime, with disastrous results easily predictable by pretty much anyone but them. No doubt, Rappley’s surviving family will sue everyone and everything in sight. When thugs like him meet their end when they pick the wrong victim, they suddenly become saints and Nobel Peace Prize winners merely waiting inevitable confirmation from the Nobel Committee.
In the meantime, the honest citizen working at a job that surely pays not very much, will have to live with the reality of being forced to lawfully kill Rappley. Let us all hope they’ll be able to deal with it quickly and finally.